Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, two American computer scientists, revolutionized the field of cryptography with their invention of public key cryptography.

Their groundbreaking work on the Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol laid the foundation for modern encryption techniques, making secure communication possible in the digital age.

Their contributions to computer science have had a profound impact on internet security, enabling the development of secure online transactions and private communication.

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Pioneers of public key cryptography 1944, 1945